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Native Plant Booklist


Reference list for studying native plants

Flowers

  • Hammer, Roger L.:  Everglades Wildflowers—Listing arranged according to color, with explanations of scientific names and  medicinal uses
  • Taylor, Walter Kingsley:  Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities--Listing arranged according to habitat, with photographs; use as an adjunct to Taylor’s Guide to Florida Wildflowers
  • Taylor, Walter Kingsley:  The Guide to Florida Wildflowers--Thorough listing, arranged by color

Trees and Woody Shrubs

  • Haehle, Robert G. and Joan Brookwell:  Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping And Gardening--Lush Photographs and descriptions of native trees and shrubs
  • Nelson, Gil:  Florida’s Best Native Landscape Plants--Lovely drawings and photos of each plant with extensive details on growing.
  • Nelson, Gil:  The Trees of Florida--Thorough listing with both drawings and photographs
  • Nelson, Gil:  Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida--Thorough listing with both drawings and photographs
  • Workman, Richard W.:  Growing Native: Native Plants for Landscape Use in Coastal South Florida--Classic, written on Sanibel in 1980, but now out of print; often available online, used, for about $40, but, from time to time, can be found for, a few dollars on island, in used book shop, library book stall, or thrift stores

Miscellaneous

  • Nellis, David W.:  Seashore Plants of South Florida and the Caribbean.  Good listing, with small photographs, of plants on both bayside and beach front
  • Nelson, Gil:  The Ferns of Florida--Thorough listing with drawings and pictures
  • Tobe, John:  Florida Wetland Plants, An Identification Manual.  Thorough listing, with drawings and photos, of many plants hard to find otherwise
  • Wunderlin, Richard P. and Bruce F. Hansen:  Guide to Vascular Plants of Florida—official state flora, with no pictures, but standard descriptions for botanists; use only most recent edition or online version, with wonderful pictures, at www.plantatlas.usf.edu